To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The staff at Flawless Serenity are merely enhancers of natural beauty. They wax off unwanted hair from brows and upper lips and clear out clogged pores during facials. Clean canvases pop with professional makeup applications for daytime, weddings, and proms. And refreshed visages are completed with lash- and brow-tinting services. To make sure clients feel confident, Flawless Serenity also provides an FAQ page with helpful answers to questions such as "What products do you use?" and "What makes clouds stay up?"
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Developed in Beverly Hills, Glow to Go's sunless solution offers a safe and effective way to achieve beachy bronze in less than 10 minutes. A healthy alternative to UV beds and venomous minnow exposure, the spray tan process at Glow to Go employs Infinity Sun technology, which boasts being all natural and carbon neutral. Certified tanning technicians use airbrushes to apply customized color, misting contours with a special mixture of anti-oxidants and pure botanicals to leave skin hydrated and vibrant, like a marching band in a swimming pool. All sun-styling sessions take place in Glow to Go's 1,400-square-foot facility, and clients are encouraged to shower, shave, and remove lead aprons before swinging by for their treatment.
Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions outfits patrons with more than 5,000 high-quality theatrical costumes for Halloween, plays, and various dress-up occasions. Run from house to house pilfering sweets as a swashbuckling pirate or trick or treat as a Civil War solider to get extra candy from members of the Robert E. Lee fan club. Customers can slip into a flapper's dress to hearken back to the 1920s or evoke a time closer to 1920 BC with Greek outfits. The shop also features scores of popular character and couples costumes, a small sampling of which can be found on the website.